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Thank you to everyone for their assistance in pointing me toward the BIG
RULE for geographic subdivisions.

Happy weekend

On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Leigh Billings <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Jesse,
>
> I think what you're looking for is in the Subject Headings Manual ,
> although it's very vague:
>
> H 364 Authorization for Geographic Subdivision
> <http://desktop.loc.gov/search?view=document&id=Infobasescmshm0Dash0Dash0Dash142>
> The Library's past practice was to authorize subject headings for
> geographic subdivision only when further subdivision by place was actually
> needed for works being cataloged.  Currently, new headings are authorized
> for geographic subdivision at the point when they are established if they
> represent topics that could exist in a specific location or could be
> discussed in relation to a place, whether or not geographic subdivision is
> needed for the item in hand.  In addition, LC previously did not
> authorize certain categories of headings for geographic subdivision, such
> as Latin names of animals and plants below the taxonomic level of order,
> domestic breeds of animals, and individual groups of Indians.  These types
> of headings now receive authorization to be subdivided by place when they
> are established.  Projects have been undertaken at LC to add geographic
> subdivision authorization to categories of previously unsubdivided
> headings, but numerous headings with potential geographic orientation
> currently lack the authorization.
>
> ... Authorize  headings to be subdivided geographically that represent
> topics that have a geographic orientation, or that could be discussed in
> relation to a place or to a population in a particular location, including
> ethnic groups; living, extinct, or fossil organisms; languages; types of
> objects and equipment; types of organizations and structures; disciplines
> and fields of study; processes, activities, and phenomena; chemicals and
> materials; diseases; economic, social, and psychological concepts; types of
> events; etc.  Code such headings to authorize geographic subdivision
> whether or not geographic subdivision is needed for individual works being
> cataloged.
>
>
>
> Hope that helps!
>
> Leigh
>
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:28 AM, Jesse Lambertson <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Happy Friday
>>
>> I am looking at the Subjects Headings manual for information, a complete
>> rule, on when a topic may be geographically subdivided and when it may not.
>>
>> Cataloger's Desktop lists all the headings and includes the additional
>> note about which ones may be subdivided geographically. It also mentions
>> the addition of (May Subd Geog) as generated from the existence of "i"
>> in field 008/06 in the authority record.
>>
>> But I am looking for the rule that actually explains why some headings
>> can be while others not.
>> In which documentation might I find this philosophical guidance?
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Jesse
>>
>> --
>> Jesse A Lambertson, MLIS
>> Head of Cataloging & Metadata
>> *Georgetown University Law Library*
>> [log in to unmask]
>> Ph: *202-662-9167 <(202)%20662-9167>*
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Leigh Billings ([log in to unmask])
> Slavic Cataloger, International Studies
> University of Michigan Library
> 112-F Hatcher Graduate Library
> 913 S. University Ave.
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109
> (734) 647-3819
>



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Jesse A Lambertson, MLIS
Head of Cataloging & Metadata
*Georgetown University Law Library*
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